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John Denver Trending, It Chapter Two, The Bold Type: Now Playing

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August is ramping up the start of announcements in the realm of technology. Samsung unveiled the Note 10 while Xiaomi and Realme started teasing their monster smartphone cameras. While we may be busy catching up with everything in tech, we still don’t forget to watch and relax. Here’s what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Spider-Man
Rodneil: Yes, the first one starring Tobey Maguire. This one recently showed up on Netflix and I couldn’t resist the urge because I’m a Spidey stan after all. It’s a nice throwback and that upside down kiss is still iconic.

The Red Sea Diving Resort
Shivam: Based on true events, the movie highlights Mossad’s attempt to rescue refugees out of Sudan. Who expected an intelligence agency to run a resort in the middle of nowhere? Nobody. And, that’s what makes this action packed movie different.

Shoplifters
Leez: Shoplifters, a Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, was awarded the Palme d’Or for main feature at the closing event of the Cannes film festival last year. There was no question as to whether or not I was going to watch it. It was a question of when. I don’t understand why it took me this long to finally getting to watch it but, I finally got to it last weekend. It’s a stunning film that dabbles into the complexity of what it means to be a family with people who tiptoe their way around dysfunction. It’s a thought-provoking film that takes no time in diving deep into the conflicting morals, yet palpable familial connection within a financially deprived family. I’d definitely rewatch it this weekend.

John Denver Trending
Vincenz: Most people post everything on Facebook — even when someone gets brutally attacked inside the school premises. John Denver instantly became a hot topic in Antique. Too bad, the society only believes in one side of the story. The film made an impact on me that it felt heavy during and after watching the film. Best Film of Cinemalaya 2019, indeed.

Shows to binge-watch

SB Nation’s The Rewinder
Rodneil: I don’t have a lot of time to watch anything these days so I’m mostly shuffling through YouTube videos. SB Nation’s The Rewinder is the perfect seven or 10-minute video that takes a look at historical NBA moments and discusses everything that lead up to it.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry
Rodneil: The video game industry is enjoying a surge in attention — both positive and negative. And while video games are generally associated with fun, the people behind it are suffering in ways most of us probably don’t know about. This is an important watch for every gamer.

The Bold Type
MJ: As a young millennial in his early 20s, one can’t help but think about his life’s directions. The Bold Type perfectly captures this scenario where the show features three young women working in a fictional magazine, who navigates the modern life and struggles in love, career, and their identity. Additionally, the show highlights the pressing social and cultural issues which gives that perfect, woke millennial vibe.

Dark
Shivam: If you like Stranger Things, but are looking for some more serious thrill, this show’s for you. It starts out with a simple concept of time travel, but slowly escalates into an in-depth walk-through of inter-dimensional threads. All the characters play a key-role in setting up the story and you’re sure to be glued day and night.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Wasabi by Little Mix
MJ: Everytime I hear this song, I can’t help but feel as if I’m part of a film’s montage, walking like a runway model. “Wasabi” exudes an empowering and confidence-boosting vibe, supported by its lyrics which talks about you not giving a f*ck on people hating on you and raining on your parade. It’s one of the best song to listen when you feel like you’re slaying it.

Love Is Over by Rocket Punch
Vincenz: Don’t get me wrong, their debut title track “BIM BAM BUM” sounds great. However, this B-side track caught my ears which is all about being independent and not relying on love after a heartbreak — which makes sense for its appealing beat, strong vocals, and dark visuals.

Games to play

Underlords
Leez: I’m not too much into mobas from the get go. I grew up playing video games either alone or against my siblings and so, I naturally gravitated to RPGs, platformers, and strategy games. When Underlords was released, most people nagged me to give it a go, especially knowing the type of games I got hooked on and the ones I fell out off quickly. Well, I’m devastated to report that I’ve been stuck playing it at three in the morning almost every single day. If you haven’t heard of the game before, it’s essentially a Valve developed version of Autochess with beloved heroes from Dota 2. It’s a game of strategy and gritting your teeth through the torturous loses. It’s fun, painful, and it’s what you need to realize you need your life straightened out soon.

Films to catch

Ready or Not
Ready or Not is a film about a young bride who participated in a tradition by her new husband’s family. In a sudden turn of events, the newly-wed woman ended up being hunted by her in-laws as part of a diabolical ritual. It’s scheduled to be released on August 21, 2019.

It Chapter Two
It Chapter Two is the sequel to the 2017 film It. The film follows twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, it returns to terrorize the town once again. It’s scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.

 


Weathering With You
Makoto Shinkai’s follow-up to the massive 2016 hit Your Name (Kimi No Nawa) promises to deliver the same level of emotion and artistry. The animated film was first released Japan and is already a larger box-office hit than Your Name building up more excitement for viewers around the world.

Matchketeer’s Recommendation

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Kyle Benson Azuelo, Matchketeer: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will encourage you to do something with your life and chase your dreams. The film is a beautiful reminder to not let life get in our way. We may have responsibilities and different priorities, but the lesson here is to keep going after what you’ve always wanted. It’s impossible to not feel empowered, happy, and inspired upon watching this film.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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Netflix will block offline watching in cheaper subscriptions

Coming in the ad-supported tier

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Netflix’s slide down from dominance is a cautionary tale for streaming platforms. Of course, while one side of the spotlight focuses on what went wrong, another side is focused on what they’re doing to stop the bleeding. One of those ways is an upcoming cheaper, ad-supported tier for subscribers. However, while the tier is already compensating the lower price for more ads, Netflix is also losing a key feature important to some: offline watching.

With Netflix’s current subscription tiers, users can download movies and shows to take with them offline. Though not every title was available for offline viewing, the feature allowed a lot of accessibility for everyone. If you were traveling, you could still watch Netflix while on a plane, for example.

Now, as first spotted by Bloomberg, subscribers will lose that ability if they’re on the ad-supported tier when it launches. The platform’s iOS app currently has a restriction that reads “Downloads available on all plans except Netflix with ads.” Since the tier isn’t available yet, the restriction is currently useless, waiting for the tier to pop up.

Earlier this year, the company started pondering a tier with ads, catering to a subset of the Netflix-watching population who prefers a cheaper subscription price. Prices for a normal subscription are getting steeper. An ad-supported version will allow Netflix to continue catering to everyone, despite the ad-filled setback. It’s expected to launch early next year.

Of course, other platforms, like Hulu, already have their own ad-supported tiers. Netflix’s version is more dire, however. For the first time in so long, the platform has started to lose subscribers. As a result, the platform has started rethinking its entire content strategy to recoup some of its losses from current users.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

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Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers

Including a new Amazon Original

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Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.

The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.

Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.

Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:

  • Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
  • Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
  • Demon Slayer
  • Jujutsu Kaisen O

Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.

To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.

Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.

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Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

A sequel and a spin-off is coming

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Netflix isn’t shy to spend the big bucks on big names. Last year, the platform gambled on a blockbuster called Red Notice featuring A-list celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. This year, the big budget went to The Gray Man, a thriller from MCU stalwarts, the Russo brothers.

Much like the former, The Gray Man opened warmly towards audiences, amid colder reception from critics. The latter doesn’t really matter to Netflix, though. Hearing the applause from the audience, Netflix has decided to jumpstart more titles situated in the universe.

Announced today, the Russo Brothers, Ryan Gosling, and writer Stephen McFeely are returning for a sequel to the original film. Further, Netflix has also greenlit an untitled spin-off film set in the same universe as the original. It will be written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, potentially hinting at a more comedic take on the universe.

The original film was based on a book series written by Mark Greaney. Netflix has a wealth of content to adapt for its platform. Similarly, the Russo brothers are well acclimated to cinematic universes, having directed the most ambitious team-up movies in film history, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

For its part, Netflix is adamant to create its own hit cinematic universes. Besides The Gray Man, the platform has also invested in follow-ups to its popular titles such as The Witcher, Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Army of the Dead.

In the meantime, The Gray Man is available for streaming now on Netflix.

SEE ALSO: Now Playing: The Gray Man

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